Chris Davis

And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

72 Comments

Orioles 5, Red Sox 3: Chris Davis with a two-run single in the 12th to win the game. Wei-Yin Chen gave up 11 hits but someone only three runs in five and two-thirds. Baltimore remains one back in the wild card. The Sox’ magic number for the division remains at three.

Braves 5, Nationals 2: They’re pretty much all must-win for Washington right now and they didn’t win, even with home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor gifting them runs. Homers from Justin Uggla and Dan Uggla.

Twins 4, White Sox 3: Minnesota avoids the sweep with a good outing from Scott Diamond. His first win in three months.

Marlins 4, Phillies 3: Ed Lucas hit a homer in the 10th to give the Marlins the lead and almost helped woof it away with an error in the bottom of the inning. It ended up being cool, though.

Angels 5, Athletics 4: Josh Hamilton continues to build hope for 2014. He homered to tie it up in the eighth inning and then drove in the go-ahead run in extras. Mike Trout homered too and the Angels have won four of five. A’s starter A.J. Griffin on Trout’s homer: “He’s good at baseball. I was trying to get him to miss hit, but he got it.” That quite accurately sums up a great deal of baseball I suppose.

Padres 3, Pirates 2: Three straight losses to San Diego puts the Pirates two back in the NL Central.  Mark Melancon have up two in the ninth to blow a 2-1 lead. “What a game,” San Diego manager Bud Black said afterward. I bet Clint Hurdle was a bit more colorful in his description.

Rays 4, Rangers 3: One of five extra innings games, here the Rays got a walkoff single from Desmond Jennings in the 12th. The Rangers can get a 2-2 split today. If they do these two teams will have effectively angered all of the other AL wild card contenders who would have benefitted from one team sweeping the other or at least winning the series.

Mets 5, Giants 4: The Giants had a 4-0 lead entering the eighth and still had a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, but Josh Satin raised some eyebrows with a walkoff two-run single to cap a Mets four-run rally. Three RBI for Satin overall.

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3: This must have been a New York thing, because like the Mets the Yankees were down three late and rallied for four. Vernon Wells had a go-ahead two-run double which, according to all the game stories, “kept the Yankees alive.” Which I suppose it technically true, but it would be cool to actually see a decent nine innings of baseball from them and maybe a couple of good games in a row before truly declaring them among the playoff living.

Brewers 7, Cubs 0: Sean Halton hit a grand slam. Tyler Thornburg allowed only two hits over six innings. I had half a mind to watch this one in its entirety in order to get a last dose of relatively meaningless baseball before the playoff season started but couldn’t bring myself to. Maybe I’ll do that with a game or two next week.

Mariners 8, Tigers 0: For whatever else has happened this season for the Mariners, Hisashi Iwakuma has been fantastic. Eight shutout innings on four hits here. He is 13-6 with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP for a bad Seattle team.

Cardinals 4, Rockies 3: St. Louis pads its lead. Adam Wainwright won his 17th. Edward Mujica struck out Todd Helton with the bases loaded to end the game.

Diamondbacks 9, Dodgers 4: One of many late rallies last night, here the Snakes had a five-run eighth. Paul Goldschmidt homered. He leads the NL with 34, which feels like a 1980s league-leading total. I feel like 39 was always what you needed to lead the league back when Daryl Strawberry roamed the Earth.

Royals 7, Indians 2: A must-win for Kansas City and they won, depriving the Indians once again of moving into a wild card tie. The Royals now get a head-to-head series against the Rangers this weekend, also full of must-win games.

Reds 6, Astros 5: Texas native Jay Bruce with a two-run double in the 13th. Oh, and Billy Hamilton: Four steals. He reached base in all five of his plate appearances, collecting three hits and scoring two runs including the go ahead run. The Reds are probably a wild card team but they’re only a half-game behind the Pirates for the top seed. I bet they’d rather play at Great American Ballpark in a one-and-done than at PNC.

Mitt Romney’s sons are trying to buy a stake in the Yankees

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 30:  Tagg Romney son of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives an interview during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC which will conclude today.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Getty Images
11 Comments

Mitt Romney built his professional life in Massachusetts and was once the governor of the state. As such, it is not surprising that he has long identified as a Red Sox fan. So this has to be troubling to him from a fan’s perspective. From Jon Heyman:

The Romney family is bidding to buy a small stake in the Yankees months after their try for the Marlins stalled. If the deal goes through, it is expected to be $25 million to $30 million per percentage point and thought to be interested in one or two percentage points. The Yankees are valued around $3 billion or more.

The effort is being led by Mitt’s son Tagg, one of his brothers and their business partners. Mitt’s spokesman tells Jon Heyman that he has nothing to do with it personally. Tagg Romney is reported to have been planning a bid for controlling interest in the Marlins, but that has fallen through.

I find this interesting insofar as the M.O. for the Steinbrenners has, for years, been to buy out minority shareholders in the Yankees, not seek more. Indeed, when George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees back in 1973 he held just a bare controlling interest and there were a ton of silent partners, most of which were back in Ohio and knew Steinbrenner from his shipping business. I’ve personally gotten to know some of them over the years as there are a handful of them in Columbus and I crossed paths with them in my legal career. They have almost all been bought out in the past couple of decades. They still get season tickets and World Series rings and stuff. You can tell them by their personalized Yankees plates and the fact that, within the first ten minutes of meeting them, they will tell you that they once owned a piece of the Yankees but got pushed out.

In light of all of that it’s interesting that the Steinbrenners are once again accepting bids for small stakes in the team. Especially from someone whose interest in controlling the Marlins suggests that they do not consider it to be a mere vanity investment. Makes me wonder what the Steinbrenners’ long term plans are.

Max Scherzer still can’t throw fastballs

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning during game five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Getty Images
8 Comments

The Nationals will be many people’s favorites in the NL East this season. Not everything is looking great, however. For example, their ace — defending NL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer — can’t even throw fastballs right now.

The reason: the stress fracture he suffered last August is still causing him problems and Scherzer is unable to use his fastball grip without feeling pain in his right ring finger. He will throw a bullpen session tomorrow, but will only use his secondary stuff.

Scherzer has not been ruled out for Opening Day — the fact that he is throwing some means that his timetable isn’t totally on hold — but you have to figure, at some point, not being able to air things out and use his heater will lead to some problems in his spring training routine.